Executive Champions’ Workshop (August 16-19, 2022)

Co-hosted by The Presencing Institute and The Center for Systems Awareness

The Executive Champions’ Workshop (ECW) has thrived over the years because of a growing desire amongst senior leaders from diverse organizations around the world to engage in deeper dialogue with peers who share their aspirations and face similar challenges. With its distinguished participants, this program has consistently created a distinctive space for deep reflection and conversation around questions that matter. The ECW is not a training session. Nor is it a typical conference. It is both personal and substantive in the way that only deep conversation among peers can be. Offered in collaboration with the Presencing Institute, the Executive Champions’ Workshop (ECW) is a special setting for nurturing new thinking and relationships among executive leaders in today’s rapidly changing economic and social landscape. Offered by invitation for executives who are champions of change, the ECW is a unique opportunity to reflect, refocus, and recharge.

Who is this program for

Initially, the ECW was directed for executive leaders in business. But for many years, the range of participants has become more diverse, encompassing leaders from many contexts and operating at diverse levels of formal authority. This has been a natural evolution because so many of the deep issues we face lay beyond the scope of established institutions and hierarchical authority, and many of the most exciting and promising change initiatives around the world are arising from leadership at all levels and from networks of collaboration that cross many boundaries.

Deep conversations around questions that matter

What can we do to nurture hope that real change is possible?
How do we identify and strengthen local, regional and global commons?
What is required at a personal and collective level to extend leadership networks?
What do we need to do to increase our ability for reflection on the level of system and self?

Program Costs*

Corporate/Professional: $3,900

Teams of 3+: $3,500


Nonprofit: $2,900

Teams of 3+: $2,500 each


Public School Educators: $2,400

Teams of 3+: $2,100 each


Food & Lodging

  • Three nights lodging & all meals at Trapp Family Lodge:  $1,481 (price includes all applicable taxes).
  • Commuter rate, meals only:  $610



Peter Senge

Author, Senior Lecturer at MIT

Peter is the author of the widely acclaimed The Fifth Discipline, considered by Harvard Business Review to be the seminal management book of the previous 75 years. Peter continues to push the boundaries of our understanding of organizational learning to elicit what new might be possible. Continue...

Otto Scharmer

Founding Chair of the Presencing Institute

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Otto introduced the concept of “presencing" — learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books... Continue...

Arawana Hayashi

Founder, Social Presencing Theater

Arawana’s pioneering work as a choreographer, performer and educator is deeply sourced in collaborative improvisation. She currently heads the creation of Social Presencing Theater (SPT) for the Presencing Institute. Continue....

Workshop Logistics

Start & End Times

Our session will begin on Tuesday, August 16th with registration and dinner at 6 p.m. and conclude on Friday, August 19th at around 2 p.m. (An optional box lunch is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, August 19th.) Please plan your travel accordingly. It is a condition of participation that you plan to attend the entire workshop.

Accommodations Terms

All participants are responsible to make their own hotel reservations. If you are staying at the Trapp Family Lodge, please make your own room reservations. The special package rate for the participants is $1,480-$1,677 (depending on your room choice). This rate includes nine (9) meals and three (3)-nights lodging. As this is the main tourist season, it is very likely that the rooms at the Lodge will sell out quickly. Please call the Trapp Family Lodge as soon as possible at 1-800-826-7000 ext. 1 (toll free), at +1-802-253-8511, or email reservations@trappfamily.com. Be sure to reference the “Executive Champions’ Workshop” when making your room reservation. The cutoff date for the room block at this special rate is Friday, July 15. The check-in time at the Lodge is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m. You may arrange for the concierge to hold your luggage after checking out the last morning of the program. If you are not staying at the Trapp Family Lodge, please let me know by emailing diane@solonline.org. As you saw on the registration form, for guests staying at other locations, there is a $610 charge for the food/beverage package for the workshop (includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and am/pm breaks).


The workshop will be held at the Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672, Phone: +1-802-253-8511, e-mail: reservations@trappfamily.com


The Trapp Family Lodge is approx. 45 min. from Burlington, VT (50 miles), approx. 2-2.5 hours from Montreal, ON (140 miles) and approx. 3.5-4 hours from Boston, MA or from Hartford, CT (220 miles) Rental car services are available at airport terminals. Directions can be found at http://www.trappfamily.com/directions.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. The amount paid minus a $300.00 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing six (6) weeks before the first day of the workshop. For international credit card users:  Currency fluctuations occur.  Refunds, if requested, will be made in USD at the exchange rate in effect at the time the refund is processed.  The Center for Systems Awareness will not be responsible for any loss incurred by card holder. NO refunds will be granted for cancellations received on or after this date. You may arrange for a substitute participant at least two (2) weeks before the program. Should the Center for Systems Awareness need to cancel the program, participants will receive a refund of their tuition, but no reimbursement for booked flights or other travel or program-related expenses.


An invoice will be sent separately once registration is complete.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact diane@systemsawareness.org

Special Note

As conditions in Vermont slowly stabilize, in consultation with our partners at Trapp and following the Vermont states guidelines, we are planning on offering this program for fully vaccinated participants.  While we know that international travel is still quite restricted and some of you are in places where vaccinations are still limited, we are reaching out here to key partners around the world to at least let you know this program is occurring and to stay connected. Please respond to Diane Nakashian (diane@systemsawareness.org) if you are interested, even if you are uncertain at this time if travel will be possible.